Teaching Tech Together

Toronto – April 7, 2018

How do I find out what my community needs? How do I figure out who to talk to? How do I make change happen? How do I get started?

A growing number of people who work in tech want to be involved in progressive community change, but have never been part of grassroots initiatives before.

This one-day hands-on workshop will show participants how to figure out what their community actually needs, how to rally and organize volunteers, and how to build relationships with local institutions and like-minded groups.

Rangle Workshop 2017


This workshop will be held in Rangle.io's office at 18 York Street, Toronto, just a block from Union Station, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Coffee, snacks, and lunch will be provided. Please email the organizer if you have any special dietary preferences or needs, or would prefer to self-cater.

Daycare will be provided free of charge for those who request it: please let us know so that we can make arrangements.


Please use the button below to register. Anyone we cannot accommodate this time will be waitlisted and given preference in the next workshop.

Participants will be asked to contribute $20 if able. All money raised will be donated to the Red Door Family Shelter.

Participants will be sent a short survey two weeks before the workshop to tell the organizers about their interests, goals, and previous experience.


This participatory workshop will feature case studies and hands-on skills building.

What is community?

- Who are your people?

- Building relationships

- Assessing community needs

Participating in civic processes

- How governments make decisions

- The politics of the process

- How to influence decision-making

Essentials of campaigning

- Setting a campaign objective

- Creating campaign goals

- Developing volunteer teams


Alejandra Bravo

Alejandra Bravo is Director of Leadership and Training at the Broadbent Institute, where she builds backbone for progressive organizing in Canada. She has a 25-year history of working for progressive social change with grassroots, immigrant, and labour groups. Alejandra has worked as a community organizer, political staff and has been a City Council candidate in Toronto.

Graham Mitchell

Graham Mitchell is a Partner at Story | Stiles, a communications and consulting firm that works with non-profits, unions, and others trying to change the world. Prior to joining Story | Stiles, he was the Chief of Staff to the Ministers of Energy and Finance in Premier Rachel Notley’s government in Alberta.

Greg Wilson

Greg Wilson is the Head of Instructor Training at DataCamp, a leading provider of online lessons in data analysis. Prior to that, he co-founded and led Software Carpentry, a non-profit that teaches programming skills to scientists. Greg has been a programmer, researcher, and author, but is most at home as an educator.

Code of Conduct

Teaching Tech Together is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality, religion, or choice of text editor. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

  1. Harassment includes offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

  2. All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any event.

  3. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants.

  4. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. People violating these rules may be asked to leave the event or be excluded from the online venue at the sole discretion of the organizers, without a refund of any charge that may have been levied.

Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.


Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Please email the organizer.